On 21 April 2021 the European Commission will organise an open information session on Horizon Europe “A successful proposal for Horizon Europe: Scientific-technical excellence is key, but don’t forget the other aspects”.

This webinar provides details on the preparation of a proposal for Horizon Europe, like open science, gender dimension or dissemination, exploitation and communication aspects. The agenda is available here.
It will be available on YouTube and replay will be sent to registered participants.

Source: European Commission

Top European researchers will present state-of-the-art microbiome research in human and animal health, antibiotic resistance, environmental sustainability, and circular economy. Policy advisors to EFSA and OECD will inform about the safety and regulatory pathways of microbiome innovations.

The workshop “Health and economic benefits of microbiomes ”, run by the  European Parliament`s STOA panel (Panel for the Future of Science and Technology in the European Parliament), held  on 11th May 2021, 14:00-16:30h,  is chaired by Irene Verheijen, European Association for Food Law (EFLA). The Chair and Members of the STOA panel, and the European Parliament’s Vice President invite to an open discussion. Both scientific and regulatory works may inform not only human and animal health concepts but also circular economy strategies and action plans on a European and national level in the future. Many researchers and experts presenting at the event collaborate in the EU-funded project “MicrobiomeSupport”, which endeavours to map ongoing microbiome research globally, devise a coherent future microbiome research strategy, and transfer research results to policymakers and businesses. MicrobiomeSupport is a H2020-funded Coordination and Support Action supporting microbiome R&I in the food system also including plant microbiomes, which are addressed in the EPSO Working Group Plants and Microbiomes.

Full programme and registration:   https://www.europarl.europa.eu/stoa/en/events/details/health-and-economic-benefits-of-microbio/20210409WKS03441

Source: European Parliament’s STOA Panel

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The EPSO Nutritional Security Working Group will discuss about the latest (bio)technologies which can contribute to define a new roadmap focused on `How to achieve the Nutritional Security issue in Europe´. The meeting intends to increase collaborations between the working group members both bi-and multi-lateral. In addition, it will provide a report including recommendations on R&I as science advice to policy to the European Commission as well as national authorities.

The workshop will be held online 15-16 June 2021 always 9 am – 1pm.

Workshop sessions

  • Introduction and update on European Commission and Member States initiatives
  • Re-discovering underused species and landraces of fruits, vegetables and staple crops
  • Use of new metabolic engineering / new breeding technologies to re-design high quality crops
  • Linking the concept of diverse diet, bioactive compounds & the prevention of human diseases

 Administrative information

The online workshop will be held via Zoom, hosted by IGZ.

EPSO members: We kindly ask you to offer an inspirational note (5 min)  (name, affiliation, talk title & to which session) by end April for the chairs to be considered and included in the programme, and to register for your participation to the workshop before 15 May, both by e-mail to Marina Korn.


We very much look forward to your contributions and to welcoming you at the workshop.

Monika Schreiner, Chiara Tonelli, Angelo Santino and Karin Metzlaff


To read:

Contacts: Monika Schreiner (IGZ, chair), Chiara Tonelli (UniMI, chair), Angelo Santino (CNR, chair) and Karin Metzlaff (EPSO Executive Director)

The 2nd European-wide seminar of the new series supported by the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) and aimed at the Plant Science community and its stakeholders.

TTT: The seminar will be held online each third Thursday of the month at three (CET).

In the coming months we will be on the lookout for talented plant scientists among the EPSO membership to present their findings and perspectives to the EPSO seminar series. If we approach you to talk, we hope you will be happy to support the initiative. This is a fantastic opportunity for both eminent world leaders and talented up-and-coming early career researchers to present their research to an international audience and to network with potential collaborators. If you wish to suggest a theme for one of the autumn seminars and / or nominate yourself or one of your colleagues to give a seminar, we most welcome your suggestions. Please contact Tim George ([email protected]) to provide your name and potential talk title.

 On April 15th 2021 at 15:00 (CET) we will present talks exploring The Wonderful World of Plant Microbe Interactions:

 Prof Corné M.J. Pieterse, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

“The plant microbiome and plant health”

Prof Paola Bonfante, University of Turin, Italy

“Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi: living in between plants and endobacteria”

 Prof Gabriel Castrillo, University of Nottingham, UK

“Coordination between the microbiota and the root endodermis is required for plant mineral nutrient homeostasis”

 The seminars will be hosted on Zoom and last approximately 1.5 hours. Numbers will be limited to 300 attendees and therefore please register early if you would like to join. There will be ample opportunities to ask questions and join the debate. So please join us to support this new and exciting initiative for European Plant Science by following this link just prior to the start of the seminar.

EPSO members register in advance for this meeting: https://helsinki.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5Mld-uurjgvGtABFFBvwfl9444gxewj80EL

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you all for the 2nd EPSO seminar on the 15th April 2021

 Tim George, Alan Schulman and Emily Breeze

EPSO Plant Science Seminar Series Organising Committee


Click here to read: Full EPSO news item 31.3.2021


  • Tim George, Hutton / UK & EPSO Board
  • Alan Schulman, LUKE / FI & EPSO President
  • Emily Breeze, Warwick University / UK & EPSO Representative

On 24 March 2021, the European Commission (EC) published a call for expressions of interest seeking experts for EU programmes in the 2021-2027 programming period. The experts will be called on to support the EC and other European institutions in the implementation of the programmes, e.g. the evaluation of project proposals in the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon Europe or in providing advice on specific issues.

The call remains open for the entire programming period and interested parties can register at any time in the European Commission’s expert database via the Funding & Tenders portal. Depending on the specified areas of expertise and programme requirements, the experts can be requested ad hoc for specific activities and will receive a corresponding expense allowance.

Experts already registered in the database are requested to update the information in their profile. If the option to be available for all programmes and sub-programmes was already selected there, these experts will also automatically be taken into account for this new programming period.

EPSO encourages its members to enroll as expert in the database or if already included, to update their profile.

Further information:

Source: KoWi, 26.03.2021

The first webinar on ‘How to prepare a successful proposal in Horizon Europe’ will focus on Submission & Evaluation and Model Grant Agreement on 24 March 2021 from 10 AM onwards.

It will be available on YouTube only. The agenda will include two main points: “Submission and Evaluation” and “Model Grant Agreement”

Check the agenda here

To register: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/registration_20210324

Source: European Commission